Running time: Two hours (including one 15-minute intermission)

In the 1950s, Americans believed they knew the identity of all the spies who worked on the atomic bomb: David Greenglass and Klaus Fuchs. They were wrong. There was one more, a young man of 18 named Ted Hall. When J. Robert Oppenheimer saw the atomic explosion at Trinity, his first words were, curiously, a quote from the Indian epic the "Mahabharata." This is a story of those two men.

When you join us for The Piano Men , we’ll be raising a glass in honor of playwright, Moby Pomerance and ACT New Play Award sponsors, Eulalie M. and Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi. All members of the audience will be invited to a pre-show toast on Saturday and Sunday, and a post-show celebration on Saturday evening. 

This event is free. Please click on the "Buy Tickets" tab to RSVP and reserve your seat.

Photo: Department of Energy. Office of Public Affairs. (10/01/1977–1985?)


Shawn Belyea
Michael Gotch
Jason Marr
Alex Matthews
Michael Place
Jen Taylor
Connor Toms
Brad Farwell
General Leslie Groves
J. Robert Oppenheimer
Ted Hall
Kitty Oppenheimer
John Gebb


The ACT New Play Award is proof of ACT's passion for new work. Since 1965, ACT has commissioned more than 40 plays, presented over 30 World Premieres, and made investments in the next generation of theatrical voices. The ACT New Play Award provides an emerging playwright a personal artist's grant of $2,500; a 10-day workshop with actors, director, and dramaturge at ACT; and two FREE public readings followed by moderated discussions of the work. The ACT New Play Award is an ACTLab program and is by solicitation only. It is sponsored by a generous $20,000 gift from Gian-Carlo and Eulalie Scandiuzzi.

Past ACT New Play Award recipients include:
Jason Grote's Shostakovich , 2014
Mark Jenkins' Red Earth, Gold Gate, Shadow Sky , 2013
Angus MacLachlan’s Abundant Acreage Available , 2012
Emily Schwend’s South of Settling , 2011
David Weiner’s Extraordinary Chambers , 2010
Zakiyyah Alexander’s Sweet Maladies , 2009
Yussef El Guindi’s Language Rooms , 2008
Laura Schellhardt’s The K of D , 2006
Elizabeth Heffron‘s Mitzi’s Abortion , 2005

Moby Pomerance was born in London in 1969. He moved to Boston to attend music school and from there went to New York where he lived and played in the local scene for 5 years. He returned to London to study theatre at Central School of Speech and Drama, after which he worked as playwright Howard Barker’s assistant for two years with his company the Wrestling School.

His plays include U. Wound , performed at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith; African Women (ASK reading); The Piano Men ; and Broken Hands (winner of Outstanding Playwriting Award for 2006 New York Fringe). His latest play, The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder , helped immeasurably by a workshop with dramaturg Marge Betley and director Mark Cuddy at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY in November 2007—went on to have its world premiere produced by Boston Court Theatre and Circle X Theatre Co. in Pasadena, California in 2010.